*ARC received from ACE/Penguin*
Regina’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A
Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors.
All that’s about to change.
Now, as part of a grassroots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La’hengrin. But political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her, and this will be the most dangerous game she’s ever played—spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts, and not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive…
Waiting to start this book was like a blessing and a curse. I was very excited to have an ARC from the publisher but I knew that every page I read would bring me closer to the end of Sirantha Jax’s world. I shouldn’t have been torn. Aguirre writes it brilliantly. Endgame will not disappoint readers and fans of the Sirantha Jax series. This review is filled with emotional reactions and no spoilers I promise. I will just say that readers who finished with #5 and were torn or worried about the direction of the series — have faith! Ann Aguirre has created a very unique series with characters that push the boundaries and do things completely unexpected — Aguirre writes a great closing novel.
Endgame is filled with war, action, emotional loss, and March and Vel and March and March (there, are you relieved?). Several years have passed since Aftermath (Sirantha Jax #5) and guess what, Jax has continued to mature and grow. The Jax we have in Endgame is not the same Jax of Grimspace. She understands consequences she is a woman and no longer an irresponsible media starlet. March has evolved as well. But despite that, Endgame is still fun to read — come on Jax can only evolve so much. :)
Missing from the book is the old gang. I would have loved for a few scenes with Hit or Dina. But this book is not about revisiting old relationships or redoing past adventures. Aguirre definitely takes the projectory of the story and pushed it. So while I wanted Dina and Hit to just show up — they weren’t really needed for the storyline.
Aguirre has a certain style of writing in both this series and in the Corinne Solomon series where much of the story is internal dialogue or thoughts in the main characters head. Jax is thinking, reacting and that is where the story is. This wouldn’t work if done by other authors or in other books and in fact doesn’t work in other books but Jax’s head is an interesting place to hang out in. I don’t appreciate this technique as much in the Corinne Solomon series as much as I do in this series.
What does Aguirre have planned next? The truth is that nothing else she has written has captured me like Sirantha Jax captured me. While I didn’t love her other series like I love Sirantha, I will say that Aguirre writes characters so well. That is her forte, she writes about people who few other authors are writing about. And it is pure fun to read about these characters and see them interact. So I will be watching her new releases closely in the hopes of catching another amazing gem like Sirantha Jax.
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